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Flood fury: Army deployed for rescue efforts

Last updated on: June 18, 2013 17:37 IST

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As large parts of the nation reel under incessant rains and floods, leading to breakdown of communications, the army is helping in disaster management efforts.

Over 5,000 personnel of the army have been deployed in various areas of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, rendering invaluable aid to distraught people reeling under the fury of nature.

An army column on Hemkund Sahib route evacuated more than 4,000 pilgrims across the broken bridge at Govindghat and constructed a foot track for their safe passage.

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Approximately 1,800 pilgrims were moved from Govindghat to Joshimath. In addition, medical facilities, refreshments and lodging facilities were also extended to over 1,300 people at Joshimath.

Another army column was deployed for clearing a major landslide near Patal Ganga, in order to restore connectivity.

Because the road from Rudraprayag to Badasu is blocked at Silchatti and Kund Chatti and the bridge at Rudraprayag being flooded, Badasu has been virtually cut off. One army column was inducted to Badasu, by helicopter, on Tuesday, and is presently undertaking relief and rescue work.

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An Army column at Harsil, Uttarakhand, constructed a log bridge near Harsil and evacuated 600 pilgrims. The column also opened a medical relief camp at Harsil for stranded civilians and is providing food, water and shelter. A foot track was constructed and help was provided for evacuation of 100 pilgrims stranded on the Harsil-Gangotri axis.

Two army columns have been working around the clock at Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, and have so far rescued 103 persons including 37 children from Lapra, Udhri, Kalanaur, Jathlana and Gumthala villages near Yamunanagar.

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One army column undertook relief work and evacuation of civilians from affected areas around Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The column is now moving to Shamli for evacuating a marooned family.

The army has been making efforts to provide relief and succour to maximum people affected by the disaster. In addition, a number of columns have been kept on standby at various locations by the Army authorities.


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